2004 News Story

Tsunami disaster is not expected to affect number of pilgrims attending Hajj

Minister of Hajj Iyad Madani told reporters that the Kingdom does not expect a drop in number of pilgrims due to the tsunami disaster that struck the Indian Ocean region last week.

"Judging from previous experiences when natural or man-made tragedies struck some parts of the world, it seems this year Hajj will not be affected by such developments,” Madani was quoted in Arab News Saturday.  “Last year and because of wars in the region, we were concerned the inflow of pilgrims might be affected. But the opposite happened,” the minister said.